Some Interesting Articles and a New Blog to Check Out

As you may note, there is a link on my sidebar to A3 which is a great resource for writing. I write eight articles for them a year and my newest article for romance writers just posted today. Check it out at this link:

My most recent post for historical writers can be found at this link: However, I just submitted an new article for historical writers, but you’ll have to wait until next month to read it.

The cool logo below is the header for a new blog you’ll want to check out.

Where A Collective of Authors Share

Hope, Hearts, & Heroes is a new blog that I am a part of with several other writers. We all met on MeWe and are part of writers group on MeWe. On this blog, you can read introductory posts about each of us and learn more about what we write as well as any books we’ve published or that we will be releasing soon! We are a mix of Christian Fantasy authors and Christian or clean Romance stories — some historical and some suspense. Go to the following link and check out this new blog now!

Thursday’s Thoughts, Questions, and Comments About Writing

Writing Resources

I have a friend who is really digging into to organizing her writing things — every story she has started but not completed, her writing notes from conferences and monthly meetings she’s attended as well as from writing books she’s read, and her Pinterest page. She’s also been looking for more resources to learn more about how to write better, and she’s been contacting me with questions. Two of her recent questions have been about what blogs or websites are good writing resources and what books are good resources?

That is how I decided to write this post — to share with all of my readers — the resources I find most helpful and beneficial.

Websites: This is a very popular website for writers. It offers tips and advice by genre and craft. It offers support for writers and information on how to to a book proposal, as well as marketing strategies. (I actually write articles for the romance genre and the historical genre on this site — four articles for each of the two genres each year). This website is listed in Writer’s Digest’s Top 100 Websites for Writers almost every year. This is another great website that offers lots of good tips and advice through tutorials and blog posts for writers. This magazine has been around for many, many years and many authors, including bestselling authors have read it and/or written for it. There website offers some great articles and competitions for writers. I have found this website’s article helpful as well. They offer classes, but you can simply search their articles and find some great and helpful information. Simply click the “writing” box and you can scroll through their articles. I have also used this website for tips, advice, and helpful articles, etc. for several years. They offer lots of good stuff, including a huge list of writing prompts. and Both of these websites are also great helps for writers. K.M. Weiland is personable and easy to understand. She has written fiction books as well as books about writing, and she has this website and blog that she uses to offer tips and advice to writers.

I’m sure there are others, but these are the ones I find myself returning to over and over again.

Books I have read or used and found quite helpful:

All of the great books by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. I don’t have all of them yet, but they are all different thesauruses and the ones I own and have used are “The Emotion Thesaurus”, which I have used many times during the writing of my upcoming novel; “The Positive Trait Thesaurus” and “The Negative Trait Thesaurus” — these two I used to create my main characters before starting my story. These were the first three these ladies released. They have since come out with more, and whether you are a pantser, a plotter, or somewhere in between, these books are extremely helpful for writing your stories, no matter what genre you write.

Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan. I love this book. It is a book that teaches and gives examples of how to write descriptively in a way that paints pictures in your readers’ minds without overdoing it or not writing enough description.

I also find books on any aspect of writing by James Scott Bell to be helpful.

Even though, I haven’t read these two books, they are on my shelf waiting for me to take time for them. They have come highly recommended and I really do want to read them as soon as I can. They are: “Wired for Story” and “Story Genius” by Lisa Cron.

Do you have a favorite writing website or a great book that helps you with your writing that I haven’t listed here? If so, please share in the comments section below.

An Upcoming Writers’ Conference

I know, if you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you will be seeing this as a repeat of a Facebook post and a Tweet I shared last week. However, for those of you who follow my blog but not my Facebook or Twitter, I don’t want you to miss out on this news. There is a one-day Writers’ Conference coming to Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, October 21,2017. Mike Dellosso, who is a wonderful writer will be teaching some great workshops. I would love to meet some of your fellow bloggers/writers at the conference. Find out more about it, by clicking “Creative Writing for Everyone”.

I will definitely be there, so if you can attend, please be sure to introduce yourself to me and let me know you follow my blog.

If you want to know more about Mike, I did an interview with him here on this blog two years ago: “Meet Author, Mike Dellosso”.  I’ve also done some reviews on books he’s written. You can find them by clicking the following titles: Centralia, and A Thousand Sleepless Nights, which he wrote under his pen name, Michael King.

I’ve heard Mike speak at conferences as a keynote speaker and as a workshop teacher and he always inspires me. I look forward to attending this workshop and hope to meet you there.

A Great Resource

I have just discovered a Christian author that I have never heard of before.  I was looking on for books on the writing craft and discovered K.M. Weiland.  She has two books out on the writing craft that I will be purchasing as soon as possible.  She also has a blog that she writes to help other writers:  Helping Writers Become Authors.  She has a current opportunity to download a PDF entitled “Crafting Unforgettable Characters” if you sign up to follow her blog and receive her e-newsletter.  I signed up and downloaded and printed the PDF and can’t wait to dig into it.

K.M. Weiland writes historical and speculative fiction.  She has several books published already, including a couple of short stories, and she has two books in the works.  On her blog, she also offers webinars.

Check out her website, her facebook and twitter pages.  You won’t be disappointed.